Xiaomi took everyone at its recent press event in Beijing by surprise and revealed the future of smartphones. Meet Mi Mix, the ultimate Phablet with zero bezels and 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio (iPhone 7 Plus has 67.7%). Although it isn’t the first of its kind, the Mi Mix has definitely improved a lot in terms of design, specifications, features and aesthetics. Only Sharp Aquos Crystal matches its design, but it was introduced quite a while ago and lacked powerful internals. Mi Mix is a concept phone with an edgeless design, full ceramic body and packs the latest and greatest hardware.
Xiaomi broke all the barriers with Mi Mix and created a stunning phone that puts the competition to shame. Seeing no bezels on three sides of the display, one may ask where the proximity sensor and front camera is and how to listen to calls. Xiaomi came up with a very innovative solution, used a sonar-based sensor and placed the speaker below the display. The calls can be heard using ceramic vibrations, which already sounds so futuristic. Everything else, including the front camera, has been placed below the display.
|Display||6.4 inch IPS display @ 2048 x 1080 resolutions|
|Design||Edgeless design, ceramic body, 18K gold rings around rear camera and fingerprint sensor|
|Special Features||Sonar-based call audio, Ceramic acoustics system, Ultrasonic distance sensor|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Network||GSM+CDMA+WCDMA+TD-SCDMA+FDD-LTE+TD-LTE Dual-Sim, Dual-standby (Nano-Sim)|
|Supported bands||GSM B2/B3/B5/B8, CDMA 1X/EVDO BC0, TD-SCDMA B34/B39, WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8, FDD-LTE:
B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8, TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/41
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi Dual Band (2.4/5Ghz) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC|
|Camera||16MP Rear Camera with 4K video support, 5MP Front camera|
|Camera features||Anti Shake, Face Beauty, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Shot, Smile Capture, Smile Detection|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass,
Gesture Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor,
Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint sensor
|Battery||4400mAh non-removable, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Type-C|
|Product Dimensions/weight||15.80 x 8.19 x 0.79 cm, 209 grams|
|Package contents||1x Phablet, 1xPower adapter, 1xUSB Cable, 1x SIM Needle|
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- Unmatched, exclusive design and aesthetics
- Edgeless display
- Full ceramic body
- Exceptional performance
- Generous internal storage
- Capable cameras
- Massive battery
Pros and Cons
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- Borderless display
- Top-notch internals
- Exclusive, luxury design elements
- Innovative call audio solution
- Ideal screen size for watching videos, reading and browsing
- Eliminates need for a separate tablet
- MIUI custom Android Interface
- Unmatchable screen-to-body ratio
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- Very limited availability
- No external storage option
- Awkward front-camera position
Mi Mix is more about the display than anything else, which is a beauty to look at and keeps eye balls rolling. The unbelievable 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio makes the 6.4-inch IPS display a thing of beauty and an ideal screen to do work, play or anything else. Mi Mix is the beginning of a new era of big screen devices and may change our perception of what a ‘normal’ screen size is. The 17:9 aspect ratio of the display means you’ll always get full 16:9 area despite the on-screen navigation keys.
Design and construction
Built with all ceramic, the Phablet-cum-tablet is an elegant as well as shiny looking device. But that’s also a disadvantage as the surface feels slippery and sometimes makes it difficult to comfortably grip such a large device. However, a soft leather case comes with the phone, which not only looks nice, but also provides much better grip. The camera and fingerprint sensor even contain 18K gold rims (premium version), adding exclusivity and luxury to the device.
Performance, battery life and cameras
There isn’t much to talk about performance as the phone packs some of the latest and greatest hardware. A Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 6GB RAM offers lightning-fast performance and no matter how hard you try, the device won’t sweat under any circumstances. Storage capacity of 256 GB is also something we don’t see very often in this price range and is more than enough for even the most demanding users.
The massive 4,400 mAh battery keeps up with the powerful internals and the huge display and is able to provide pretty decent battery life, while Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 allows you to charge up the device quickly. The 16 MP rear camera is able to record 4K videos in incredible detail. The front facing, but awkwardly positioned 5MP camera allows to take ‘excellent selfies’ and works pretty well for video chats and Skype calls.
Xiaomi Mi Mix is truly an innovative product that differentiates the company from the crowd. Xiaomi made a bold statement with the launch of the Phablet, openly challenging the biggest names in the smartphone industry. The only other smartphone that comes to mind in when we think about a borderless display is Sharp Aquos, which is ages old, but still relevant. Xiaomi continued from where Sharp left the game, and took the concept to a whole new level. The future is already here, are you ready for it?
How to buy
Mi Mix is available in 6GB RAM/256GB ROM versions at a presale price. For more details about availability and shipping, please refer to the following link: